Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson: reunited, yet will it still feel good?
That is the hope that many fans have after the Do the Right Thing director signed on to remake Chan-wook Park's Korean revenge thriller Oldboy. To show that he is making progress, Lee has added two big names to its growing roster of talent. The Los Angeles Times reports that Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson and unconventional composer Bruce Hornsby are joining the production.
Jackson, who appeared in Lee's School Daze, the aforementioned Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, and Jungle Fever, is reuniting with the helmer for Oldboy. In the article, a person close to the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly, said, "Jackson has come on board for a small but critical part in the new film. The actor will play the man who is being tortured by the hero (played by Josh Brolin) in a key revenge scene." The L.A. Times article added that the remake will not feature the tooth extraction scene which was employed in the original film.
Oldboy is scheduled to start filming in New York and Louisiana this fall, produced by Mandate Pictures. Hornsby, the piano-playing songwriter best known for scoring Lee's basketball documentary, Kobe Doin' Work, will handle the score. Lee has mentioned to Hornsby that he wants him to come up with some darker tones for the music in this film.
But how many of you cinephiles are ecstatic to see Oldboy hit American theaters?